Eleanor Roosevelt ( 1884-1962) was a principal adviser to her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt, throughout his political career. Mrs. Roosevelt was also a columnist and the author of many books.
Eleanor Roosevelt entered the marketplace of action and controversy. She was more than a commentator. Her accepted role was not to judge the world, but to save and improve it. She had the qualities of tolerance and forgiveness, for she knew the capacity of men for confusion and misunderstanding.
She never allowed her interest in humanity to distract her from interest in men and women or from service to persons.
Although she believed that the movement of history was toward a better life, she never allowed hopes or dreams of a better future to interfere with dedicated action and attention to the present. Tomorrow Is Now was the title of her last book.
Eleanor Roosevelt was a realist, ready to accept compromise but only when principle was recognized and given the greater weight on the scales. She was prepared -- when she could not be sure -- to make mistakes on the side of trust rather than on the side of mistrust and suspicion, to make mistakes on the side of liberality and hope rather than on the side of narrow self-concern and fear.
She was blessed, as were all who knew her, in that as she grew in age, she also grew in spiritual strength and wisdom.
In her political life and in the days when truth was being driven from the field, when doubt was expanded, when suspicion and accusation held the high ground, when younger persons fled in fear, Eleanor Roosevelt stood firm.
One writer described her as "fine, precise, hand-worked like ivory." And she became, like a figure carved in ivory, more beautiful with age.